Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Taking Notes on the Spiritual Landscape

Poet Mark Jarman stalks elusive truths in The Heronry

Mark Jarman’s eleventh poetry collection, The Heronry, contains his central themes of spirituality and nature, his characteristic fondness for abiding in the mystery of ordinary experience, and his quietly fierce moral sense, all conveyed in language that is at once simple and cerebral. Jarman will discuss The Heronry in Buttrick Hall Room 102 on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville on February 23 at 7 p.m.

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Book Excerpt: This Shaky Earth

Both poet and playwright, Linda Parsons is an editor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Her poetry has appeared in The Georgia Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and Shenandoah. This Shaky Earth is her fourth poetry collection. Her play Under the Esso Moon was selected for the Tennessee Stage Company’s 2016 New Play Festival and will receive a staged reading in 2017.

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“Driving I-24 Through Kentucky at Night, I Think How Easy It Would Be”

Book excerpt: Visibility at Zero

Visibility at Zero is Austin Kodra’s first full-length poetry collection. He received his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where he served as an editorial assistant for Crab Orchard Review. His poetry and fiction have been published in The Adroit Journal, Superstition Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and elsewhere. Kodra lives in Knoxville. He will discuss Visibility at Zero at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on January 30 at 7 p.m.

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Clear-Eyed Mystic

Joy Harjo’s poems celebrate transcendence and confront fear

Acclaimed poet Joy Harjo’s most recent collection, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, delivers the exquisite mix of beauty, transcendence, and pain her work is known for. Harjo joined the creative-writing faculty at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville this year and will give a free public reading at UT’s Hodges Library on January 23 at 7 p.m.

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Book excerpt: The Heronry

The Heronry is the eleventh collection of poems by celebrated Nashville poet Mark Jarman. The book will be released on January 10, and Jarman will give a public reading from it at Vanderbilt University on February 23. Here’s an early look: two poems.

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Elegance of Fancy

A writer remembers Nashville’s BookMan/BookWoman, which will close its doors at the end of the year

Shelves groaned from overpopulation. But it was this gaudy Shakespearean excess, the Mumbai crowds of jostling books, that made it such a heady experience to visit BookMan/BookWoman. It was the archaic opulence of it all, as if you might come home smelling of myrrh.

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